"I'm in the trenches, I get double-teamed maybe 80% of the game,'' Mr. Jenkins said. "I'm in on every pile-on, and for me to get hurt three times in 10 years is actually pretty good."
Mr. Jenkins said he's at his strongest at 400 pounds but loses his speed, which is maximized at 340. Though a weight near 400 can be acceptable for the comically large defensive tackles that have starred in the NFL, Mr. Jenkins said that he needs to play at a lighter weight so that he can better utilize his athleticism, which has allowed him to record 24 sacks in his career.
"I'm not like [former star defensive tackle] Tony Siragusa, not someone who needs to just stop the run,'' Mr. Jenkins said. "I need to pass-rush.''